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Al Carbon Chicken

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Latin, South American, Mexican, Peruvian, Central American
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1871 Seminole Trl, Charlottesville, VA 22901
+1 434-964-1052
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Tue - Sun 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sandy, Utah
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74 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Was in town for business and looking for a more healthy option for dinner other than the usually chain suspects. I found this diamond here on TripAdvisor and my life was changed forever! It is tucked into a little strip mall and unless you know it's there, you have no idea it is there. I showed up planning to get... More 

Thank RussDizzle
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49 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We read the reviews and decided to give it a try. Growing up in Arizona, we consider ourselves tamale connoisseurs and this place does not disappoint.The masa was perfect and moist. It was truly amazing! The corn tortillas were obviously made on the premises. They were fresh and soft. Yummy! Yes they do a great job with chicken as well,... More 

Thank longing4AZ
Annapolis, Maryland
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202 reviews
160 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

El Carbon is a gem hidden behind a small, non-descript strip mall dominated by a 7-11 and a Chinese take-out. You really have to know where to go, and I suspect the locals like it that way just fine. Based on Trip Advisor reviews, I sought out El Carbon and was rewarded with an excellent meal. I got a quarter... More 

1 Thank John V
Richmond, Virginia
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58 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We live in Richmond and whenever we are anywhere near Charlottesville and getting close to lunch or dinner we plan on making our way here. Been now a least a half dozen times and has never disappointing.Probably the best roasted chicken I've had anywhere on the planet.Their side dishes are the best also. Would love to branch out and try... More 

Thank curtreich
Charlottesville, Virginia
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2016

They probably marinate the chicken in some kind of opium, because it could take over your life. The poblano rice, beans, and fried plantains are all perfect. I wish I could say something about the other food but we can't give up the chance for the chicken. I did go once for lunch and had a sandwich that was just... More 

1 Thank Paul S
Charlottesville, Virginia
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2016

If you like Peruvian-style chicken (i.e. chicken off the spit loaded with delicious herbs and spices), this is THE place to go in the Charlottesville area. To me, it's a must-visit destination whenever I'm in town. The prices are good, the food is absolutely wonderful, the sides are creative and amazing [corn on the cob on a stick, rolled in... More 

Thank Eric G
Greenwood, VA
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21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2016

A co-worker of my wife recommended this place to us. As much as he loves food, we knew we had to try it. If you are looking for ambiance, try someplace else. If you are looking for for great taste at value prices, stop here! I had the chipotle grilled chicken platter. My wife had the half chicken platter. Most... More 

Thank Ace323
Charlottesville, Virginia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2016 via mobile

Their chicken cemita is the Hernandez's gift to central Virginia. Guacamole (spicy) is great to. Go. You will not regret it.

Thank KSL22
Sperryville, Virginia
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2016

We had a super dinner last night at Al Carbon, and will definitely go back to try more of their menu. The chicken was incredibly tender and delicious, the sauces excellent and the papas fritas nice and crispy. I can't wait to try more of their items!

Thank TripleOak
Charlottesville, Virginia
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64 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2016

While being listed as a Mexican restaurant in the area, the Peruvian spices and roasting style for their chicken is far above anything I've tasted in the area's Mexican restaurants. Located across from Lowe's and behind Kohr Bros Ice Cream, this is a true gem...understand though their are no waiters...only you. You order and pick up at the counter and... More 

Thank George M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Latin, South American, Mexican, Peruvian, Central American
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1871 Seminole Trl, Charlottesville, VA 22901
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Charlottesville
  • Phone Number: +1 434-964-1052

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?